The first China Hong Kong International Golf Show opens later this week serving a market where the number of golfers is increasing faster than anywhere else in the world.
To be held from 13th –15th March at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Golf Show will assemble a diverse spectrum of the latest golf equipment, technology, accessories, apparel, golf tourism and clubs, as well as related services from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the USA, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
Sponsors of the Show include Adams Golf, Cutter & Buck, MacGregor, PING, Titleist, Top Flite, US Kids Golf and Volkswagen while others listed among exhibitors are the Accor Hotel Group, Club Car, Davidson Golf Design Limited, Full Swing Golf Simulator, Golden Bear, Le Coq Sportif, Nancy Lopez Golf and Nicklaus.
Staged concurrently with the Show will be a Golf Convention that offers informative sessions on the business and technical side of the industry. The business programme provides an opportunity for investors, club owners and managers to learn from industry leaders about investment opportunities and management techniques, while the technical programme features a mix of workshops and seminars. The Show is open to public and trade so golfers at all levels will be able to improve their games through the latest techniques and technology.
Hong Kong golf associations strongly support this event. The Hong Kong PGA will host a free golf clinic every day. The Hong Kong Golf Association will launch a youth program featuring Hong Kong’s most promising award-winning young golfers, Eva Yoe and Lyra Yoe, and China’s top lady golfer Jenny Wu will demonstrate golf techniques and share experiences with fellow visitors.
Hong Kong houses a mature golf market of over 150,000 golf enthusiasts and the number is expected to surpass 200,000 in 2003. With over one billion population and rapid economic development, China’s golf population is surging.
The most significant growth takes root in the southern part of the country where the total number of golfers accounts for the majority of the nation’s golf population. In addition, among the hundreds of new and existing golf clubs, over half of them are located in the south.
Hong Kong, being the most international metropolis and the southern gateway to China, is at the forefront of the country’s golf scene.
The China Olympic Committee has already submitted an application to the International Olympic Committee proposing that golf be included in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This would bring even more positive impact on the development of the golf industry, certainly in China and, possibly world-wide.
The 2003 China Hong Kong International Golf Show is organized by Neway International Trade Fairs Ltd., supported by Hong Kong Golf Association, Hong Kong Professional Golfers’ Association, Hainan Golf Association, Shanghai Golf Association and Shenzhen Golf Association.
China Hong Kong Golf Show www.newayfairs.com/golf2003/golf_main.htm